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From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:30 am
by NickThorpe
Hello, dear forum regulars! Today I would like to ask you a question, in order to harvest responses for the Mailbag bit of the magazine. Today it is:

Which game convinced you that 3D graphics would take over gaming?

For me, it was Virtua Racing. I was a bit too young to see the debut of Hard Drivin' first time out, but I can remember Virtua Racing being front and centre in all of the arcades whenever we'd go to the seaside. One in particular had the full eight-player setup right in the entrance, with two monitors on top showing the live feed for spectators (if you've never seen it, this is what it looked like). The way the cars moved in relation to the camera looked like actual F1 coverage on TV, and I was captivated - I could just gawp at it all day long.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:41 am
by kiwimike
Interesting question, does the definition of '3D' include isometric games; Ant attack, Zaxxon? :)

I remember seeing the Atari coin op I Robot. I had not the slightest idea what was going on! Never played it either, but watched it with fascination when others were, and remember thinking this thing looked years ahead of it's time.

The racers and fighters, the respective Virtua games looked cool, but they didn't convince me. It was always Doom that got me. Maybe not true 3D, but that fantastic immersive atmosphere and gameplay sold me on the shape of things to come. That was when I thought this was where the future was going. It was a kind of virtual reality, it seemed.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 7:49 am
by Mayhem
Wolfenstein 3D, okay it's not true 3D, but the effect was convincing enough on a platform powerful enough to pull it off correctly.

I always loved Mercenary, but it never convinced me 3D games would take off because it was a lone game in the midst of so many other 2D efforts. Wolfenstein did though. Maybe it was shooting Nazis that helped?

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 8:51 am
by ianpmarks
Battle Zone. The first game I remember feeling like you were moving about a real 3D world. Hiding behind cubes, and sneaking up on enemy tanks. Great stuff.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 9:05 am
by VirtuaMuser
Virtua Fighter

I remember walking with my family and us stopping in awe when we saw a Saturn running Virtua Fighter for the very first time at a shopfront. We all couldn't believe what we were seeing, and my dad exclaimed "these look just like real people!". I think 3D fighters in general convinced me that 3D was the way forward.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 10:28 am
by The Laird
Hard Drivin' - it was just so amazingly realistic right down to the car handling. It was also one of the first games that home systems really struggled to replicate properly because it was so advanced.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 8:20 am
by mrmessy
Star Wing (Star Fox) on the SNES was the first non-arcade based 3D game that really amazed me. It felt like a new era of smooth and fast moving 3D games was finally taking shape... Probably a triangle.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 9:33 am
by ncf1
Mayhem stole my answer, but if Wolfenstein was banging on the door then Doom sure as hell (see what I did there) ensured it came crashing down.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 1:43 pm
by The Beans
I'd enjoyed plenty of 3D games over the years (Elite, Mercenary, Carrier Command, Midwinter, to name a few) but I wasn't convinced we were going fully into the third dimension until I played Tomb Raider. After that it was pretty much all over for 2D games for quite some time for me.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:39 pm
by Hiro
POD: Planet of Death was the turning point for me. Luckily, because gaming in the mid-90s with the fall of Commodore and its endless "interactive movies" was becoming terrible.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 5:47 pm
by paranoid marvin
Mario64. The first time that a 3d world looked and played better than it did in 2d.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 10:16 am
by Nikolai
I think my first 3D game was Wolfenstein 3D, then DOOM, but I don't think I realized the shift was really inevitable before I saw Mario 64 for the first time. What a game.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 5:55 pm
by Bluce_Ree
The original Tekken. It looked better than any fighting game that came before it and was incredibly playable. That felt like a paradigm shift to me.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:02 pm
by the_hawk
I'm still not convinced by 3d gaming. It's a fad, it'll pass.

Re: From The Forum issue 169 - 3D Games

Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:08 pm
by SpecChum81
Hard Drivin' and Starwing are the two that spring to mind that this would be a big step forward. Virtua Fighter and Super Mario 64 underlined that change.